Rev. Anna Thorn speaks of Dogen's recommendations for Zazen, and ends with a quote from Kafka: "There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked, it can't do otherwise. In raptures it will writhe before you." Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Anna Thorn, Dharma talk, Soto Zen, Dogen, zazen, Kafka
Rev. Linda Galleon, recent head monk at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, speaks on Dogen's "hitting the target" (or not). Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Linda Galleon, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Dogen, Tassajara
In a 2008 TED lecture, neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor described her experience of a stroke (http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229). Rev. Myo Lahey discusses her talk in the context of Soto Zen practice. Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Jane Bolte Taylor, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Stroke
Rev. Greg Fain makes some recommendations for zazen posture, and discusses Buddhism's two truths in light of Zhaozhou's "cypress tree" koan (Case 47 from the Book of Serenity). "We're not living in harmony with all of creation because we think we're separate from all of creation." Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Greg Fain, Zhaozhou, cypress tree, zazen
Rev. Daigaku Rumme speaks about Dogen's "Instructions for the Monastery Chief Cook" (Tenzo Kyokun), and how saying the word 'fire' doesn't burn your mouth. Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Daigaku Rumme, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Dogen, Tenzo
Rev. Victoria Austin speaks on this week's California Supreme Court decision affirming the legitimacy of same-sex marriage. "Buddhism is about liberation from conventional designations...." Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Victoria Austin, Same-sex marriage, gay...